Poleaxing Smoke-Blowing Pols' Plaintiffs'--Bar Payoff

Forbes, Steve
October 2005
Forbes Asia;10/31/2005, Vol. 1 Issue 6, p12
The article reports on the lawsuit filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute challenging the Master Settlement Agreement for the tobacco industry in the U.S. The institute claims that the agreement violates the constitution which requires that agreements between two or more states must be ratified by the U.S. Congress. The agreement imposes a national sales tax on cigarettes without formal approval by the Congress. The lawsuit also claims that the agreement sets up a de facto industry cartel.


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